Sodom Cave Salt stalagmites

Salt Caving – Mount Sodom

A lifetime experience, Explore the longest salt cave on earth in the depth of Mount Sodom.

TOUR OPTIONS
  • Standard option: Enter the cave through a narrow entrance near the Dead-Sea.
  • For the more adventurous: Enter the Cave from the top of Mount Sodom, by rappelling down 80 m inside a natural Salt chimney.

  • Location: Mount Sodom. A unique Salt mountain in the southern tip of the Dead-Sea, where the biblical story of Sodom and Gemorah took place.
  • Dates: On Request.
  • Meeting Point: Neveh Zohar.
  • Option 1 (Without Rappelling): About 5 Hours. Price 2,000 NIS
  • Option 2 (With Rappelling): About 7 hours. Price: 2,400 NIS
  • Prices for a group of up to 10 people.

Any Questions: Contact us at tours@hike-israel.com

  • The walls of the salt cave in mount sodom
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TOUR DESCRIPTION
The tour will start with a meeting at the Neve Zohar gas station. From the meeting point, we will drive 10 minutes to the foot of Mount Sodom. We will climb on Mount Sodom on an exciting trail which includes iron ladders. (Further reading on Hiking at Mount Sodom). The climb takes about 30 minutes. During the climb, we will enjoy a fantastic view east towards the Dead Sea and the Moab Mountains, and talk about the area. The unique geological/geomorphological aspects of the region, the ecological challenges, and dangers that threaten the Dead Sea, as well as the story of Sodom and Gemorah and its connection to Mount Sodom.
After a half-hour climb, we will reach the “cave’s mouths”, the guide will prepare the equipment and one by one we will glide down a beautiful salt chimney 80 meters deep into the heart of Mount Sodom. Rappelling into the cave is a unique experience but requires no prior experience. (The rappelling/gliding is optional and it is possible to enter the cave on foot!)
Once everyone is at the bottom of the chimney, we will start the walk inside the cave which includes regular walking, squatting, climbing boulders and also a few short crawls. During the walk, we will talk about the formation of Mount Sodom and the caves, the amazing phenomena that we see along the way like spectacular salt deposits, stalactite, and crystals of salt. We will also learn about the study of caves around the world and the Israeli caving community.

MOUNT SODOM

Mount Sodom is a relatively young mountain that began its rise only a few tens of thousands of years ago and still continues to grow taller now at a rate of 3.5 millimeters (0.14 Inch) a year.
Earth Movements, pressing down on the layers of salt, created Mount Sodom. It is composed of 80% salt, capped by a thin layer of limestone and clay. It rises 260  meters above the Dead Sea and creates a unique landscape scenery of bright white soil penetrated by winding crevices.

View from Mount Sdom
View from Mount Sdom by Marinamarkus2014 [Creative Commons]

Important Notes

  • No previous experience with rappelling is required! Our professional guides will teach you how to rappel on-the-go.
  • Minimum age: 8 Years.
  • Equipment: Head-mounted flashlight, gloves (Such as cycling gloves or working gloves)
    Can also be rented or purchased from the guide on the day of the tour.
    Water (2 liers), closed hiking shoes (sandals, “crocks”, etc. will not be allowed), a hat, sunscreen, food for the day, comfortable clothing, changing cloth. (
  • The activity is insured and organized by qualified instructors.
  • Payment: Cash on the day of the tour